The Mystical Quality Of Money

The Mystical Quality of Money

by Christopher Lindstrom
 

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIES TRAINING SEMINAR
SCHUMACHER CENTER FOR A NEW ECONOMICS
MAY 21-25, 2008, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA

 

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Lindstrom became interested in spreading consciousness around money upon the discovery of his ancestors' work that was deeply rooted in the monetary system. In this lecture, he speaks about the history of money, its mystical quality, and how it became a new form of communication, similar to the written language. Although money became a necessary part of human evolution, he says, a separation of the mind and material world was created as a result, which eventually created a separation of the archetypal male and female Universal forces within the human consciousness.

 

 

Christopher Lindstrom has had a passion and interest in the area of alternative monetary systems and "complementary currencies" since 2002. In 2003 he began work at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics as a volunteer staff where he organized a major international conference on complementary currencies that brought roughly 300 people from 17 different countries around a relatively obscure but increasingly recognized subject. In 2005, he helped begin a funders circle dedicated to raising awareness around money as an engineered system that can feasibly be re-engineered to garner sustainability and social values into our economic system. In 2006, he helped found a "local" currency called "BerkShares" for use in the Southern Berkshires that to date has received international media attention and has served as a model for other communities interested in creating their own "buy local scrip" currency.

Chris is a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family. As a direct benefactor of the origins of the oil industry, he highly committed to the support of renewable and low carbon energy technologies. His interest in the reform and transformation of the monetary system has a rather strange association with his ancestor, Senator Nelson Aldrich who was responsible for forming the legislation for the Federal Reserve Act. Chris's intention is, in part, to shed light on the historical significance this bill had on the formation of 20th century American Empire and the spread of global capitalism.

 

 

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Schumacher Center for a New Economics and Christopher Lindstrom